Correlates of miscarriage among young women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health

Rowlands, Ingrid and Lee, Christina (2009) Correlates of miscarriage among young women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 27 1: 40-53. doi:10.1080/02646830701806313


Author Rowlands, Ingrid
Lee, Christina
Title Correlates of miscarriage among young women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
Journal name Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-672X
0264-6838
Publication date 2009-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02646830701806313
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 40
End page 53
Total pages 14
Editor Dr. Margaret Redshaw
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
920410 Mental Health
Abstract While evidence suggests that miscarrying women experience poor mental health, the research is limited and comparison groups are frequently unrepresentative or lacking altogether. The current study examined the health and wellbeing of miscarrying women in relation to their peers by comparing them on selected relevant sociodemographic, gynaecological, psychological and health behaviour variables. Survey 3 of the Younger cohort of the nationally representative Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health was used to identify 998 women aged 24-31 who reported ever having had a miscarriage, and 8083 women who reported never having had a miscarriage. Although univariate analyses indicated that women who had had miscarriages experienced poorer mental health, multivariate analysis indicated that these effects were explained by sociodemographic and lifestyle differences. Stepwise logistic regression showed that miscarrying women were more likely to be married, to have had a child, to be current or ex-smokers and to be not using contraception, to have lower levels of education; and to be of low socio-economic status. These results indicate that the strongest correlates of miscarriage among young women are those associated with preparing for, or experiencing, motherhood, and it may be that these factors rather than the miscarriage itself explain any excess of mental health problems in this population.
Keyword miscarriage
mental health
social factors
motherhood
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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